Smart materials and vehicle efficiency. Design and experimentation of new devices. [Tesi di dottorato]
Pisa University, 2014-03-31

In this dissertation the activities carried out during the PhD are comprehensively described. The research mainly focused on the development of novel smart devices aimed at disengaging auxiliaries in internal combustion engine vehicles. In particular, the activities dealt with modeling, design, manufacturing and testing different fail-safe magnetorheological clutch prototypes, in the framework of a project funded by Regione Toscana, which involved two departments of the University of Pisa and Pierburg Pump Technology - Stabilimento di Livorno. After an extended literature review, several concepts of the clutch were proposed, which led to the design of the first magnetorheological prototype. An intensive experimental campaign was conducted, which involved several prototypes. A particular attention was focused on the measurement and analysis of the torque transmitted by the clutch in different operating conditions and new indices were proposed to objectively analyze the performances of magnetorheological clutches in general. On the basis of the results of the first experimental phase, the limits of the first design were analyzed and a novel prototype was developed, which succeeded in fulfilling all the design specifications. Further analyses were carried out in order to develop a clutch model starting from the experimental results. The effect of clutch heating was considered and a complete model of the clutch based on neural networks was proposed. The model was capable of taking into account the effect of the main parameters influencing the torque characteristic and may be used in a vehicle simulator or in a hardware-in-the-loop bench. Finally, an additional component to be connected to the clutch, which made use of shape memory alloys, was developed and tested during the visiting period at the University of Toledo (OH), USA.

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Frendo, Francesco
Forte, Paola

Tesi di dottorato. | Lingua: it. | Paese: | BID: TD20016697